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State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)

Grants to USA State Education Agencies for Research
Studies that Analyze and Improve Education Systems

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

LOI Date:

07/19/19

Deadline Date:

09/17/19 11:59 PM Washington, DC time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories state education agencies for research studies that analyze and improve education. Applicants must leave several weeks to complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects in one of three data-use priority areas: infrastructure, education choice, or equity. Proposals should enhance the ability of statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to address the needs of at-risk students, including children and youth who are or have been homeless or in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. States do not have to include information about how they would do this work in the application, but merely may indicate that they are interested in this work.

The SLDS program awards grants to SEAs to design, develop, and implement statewide longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. The Department's long-term goal in operating the program is to help all States create comprehensive P-20W (early learning through workforce) systems that foster the generation and use of accurate and timely data, support analysis and informed decision-making at all levels of the education system, increase the efficiency with which data may be analyzed to support the continuous improvement of education services and outcomes, facilitate research to improve student academic achievement and close achievement gaps, support education accountability systems, and simplify the processes used by SEAs to make education data transparent through Federal and public reporting.

For information about SLDS priorities - infrastructure, education choice, and equity - see: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2020_84372.pdf#page=5

Applicants awarded funding under any of the three priorities would be eligible to receive additional funding to assist the Department in testing a proposed school- level poverty measure. This new measure is based on student addresses instead of participation in free and reduced price meals. States that elect to participate in this project would need to create a geocoded student address directory and join student geocodes to other geographic information provided by NCES. States opting to participate in this project would use their newly combined information to produce summaries of the existing (e.g. free and reduced price lunch) and proposed poverty measures and share these summaries with the Department.

Applicants should budget for travel and accommodations for two senior project staff to attend a two-day meeting each year in Washington, DC with other grantees and Institute staff to discuss accomplishments, problems encountered, and possible solutions/improvements. State educational agencies that receive grants must agree to participate in an evaluation of the SLDS program, if the Department decides to conduct such an evaluation. The agreement of a State to participate in such an evaluation would extend to an evaluation conducted after termination of the State’s assistance under this program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186237

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$26,132,000

Number of Grants:

30

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request no more than $3.25 million for one grant priority area (Infrastructure, Education Choice, or Equity). States that agree to participate in the School-Level Poverty project may request no more than $3.5 million, which includes up to $3.25 million for the priority area work, and up to $250,000 for costs associated with the school level poverty measure development and test work.

Term of Contract:

Grants are limited to no more than 48 months. The earliest anticipated start date is December 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only State educational agencies are eligible to apply. By law, for this program, the State educational agency is the agency primarily responsible for the State supervision of elementary schools and secondary schools. The State educational agencies of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible.

A State educational agency must propose to work jointly and collaboratively with other agencies in the State. For example, if a State submits an application that proposes an analysis including early childhood education data, it would be expected that the agency capable and responsible for such data would be a partner in the grant application. Despite the requirement that the K-12 State educational agency, as defined above, be the applicant and the fiscal agent for the grant, the design, development, and subsequent implementation of the grant-funded work must be carried out by the most relevant and capable State agency in partnership with the other participating organizations.

Individual States may also propose to collaborate with other States. Each State educational agency participating in a collaborative should submit its own application for its own activities and funding. If the collaborating States determine that funding for the joint activities cannot be easily and clearly apportioned among them, or that such apportioning would result in inefficiency and higher costs, one State could serve as the fiduciary agent for the joint activities.

For information about State requirements, see:
https://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2020_84372.pdf#page=3

The Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (ETAA) requires that funds made available under this grant program be used to supplement, and not supplant, other State or local funds used for developing State data systems.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Institute will hold webinars describing the RFA process and to discuss questions pertaining to the RFA. Based on these webinars, the Institute may create a Frequently Asked Questions sheet to assist applicants through the RFA process.

Additional information: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply is July 19, 2019. If you submit a Letter of Intent, a program officer will contact you regarding your proposed project. Letters of Intent are optional but strongly encouraged. If you miss the Letter of Intent deadline, the Institute asks that you inform the relevant Program Officer of your intention to submit an application.

Applications must be submitted no later than September 17, 2019, 11:59 PM Washington DC time, on grants.gov.

Grants.gov registration involves many steps including registration on SAM (www.sam.gov) which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete, depending upon the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an applicant. You may begin working on your application while completing the registration process, but you cannot submit an application until all of the Registration steps are complete. Please note that once your SAM registration is active, it will take 24-48 hours for the information to be available in Grants.gov, and before you can submit an application through Grants.gov. To submit successfully, you must provide the DUNS number on your application that was used when you registered as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) on Grants.gov. This DUNS number is typically the same number used when your organization registered with the SAM.

States interested in the school-level poverty measure would not have to submit an application for this work, but would be expected to indicate an interest in participating. States are not asked to submit project plans or budgets for this work as part of the current application.

Registration Steps for grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

Funding information: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/

FAQ: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/applicant-faqs.html

Additional information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/workspace-overview.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=317125

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI: https://iesreview.ed.gov/

For assistance with grants.gov, email support@grants.gov or call 1-800-518-4726.

Dr. Nancy Sharkey
Institute of Education Sciences
National Center for Education Statistics
550 12th Street, SW, Room 4162
Washington, DC 20202
Email: Nancy.Sharkey@ed.gov
Telephone: (202) 245-7689

Julius C. Cotton, ED Grants.gov
Phone 202-245-6288
julius.cotton@ed.gov

CFDA Number:

84.372

Funding or Pin Number:

ED-GRANTS-061919-003

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)